GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE

Monday, June 27, 2016


GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
A Devotional of Comfort as You Mourn
By Kathe Wunnenberg

OVERVIEW: As a fellow griever who has experienced the death of children, family members, and a close friend, Kathe Wunnenberg empathizes with your anguish. With Scriptures, prayers, and journaling space, her wise and tender devotions will validate your pain, comfort you and give you courage to press on.

AUTHOR: Kathe Wunnenberg is the author of Grieving the Loss of a Loved One, Grieving the Child I Never Knew, Longing for a Child, and Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts. She is the founder and president of Hopelifters Unlimited and lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband. They have three living sons and four children in heaven. To learn more, connect with Kathe at www.hopelifters.com, or follow her on Facebook at Hopelifters Unlimited or Twitter@hopelifters.

MY REVIEW: Splended! This is a book of wise and tender devotions. Kathe understands your pain and her book will comfort you and help you to move on through your grief.

Regardless of the circumstances the death of a loved one is one of the most painful things you can face in life. When faced with this kind of grief we all look for help and hope. This book provides that.
I feel that God has used Kathe and her losses to show us His heart. He book is filled with compassion that comes from Him. She helps those who are grieving to know that they are not alone in their grief. She points us all to God, who lost His only Son and who understands our worst pain.

This is a book you will want to read and then share with others. You will want to purchase copies to give to your friends.

(I received this book From BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

HABITS OF THE HEART---I Have A Dream

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Alexis de Tocqueville saw clearly that it was the "goodness" of the American people that made America great

I have a dream that once again this truth will be recognized and lived out in our lives.

Tocqueville recognized that the secret to America;s freedom was American virtue.

The thing that once set us apart was our behavior. He, along with men like Franklin and Adams, believed that "Liberty cannot be established without morality." He referred to these fundamental morals as "habits of the heart."

I'm eighty-one. I have a dream. A dream to see a time WHEN:

All across America children will be allowed to play outside the home without fear.

Women will be able to be alone in the city, day or night, without fear.

 Judges, lawyers, government officials and all those in authority are treated with respect----and deserve it.

Teachers truly care for the ones they teach and teach only what is right and good.

We care for the less fortunate and do unto other as we would have others do unto us.

A person is free to start a business, hire whomever he wants, pay whatever they agree on. Sell or not sell to whomever he chooses.

All churches have Sunday School, starting with the youngest to the oldest where the Bible is taught with great respect and passion.

All people, regardless of race, color or creed are treated as equal.

Every American abides by the law and is FREE to live life as he/she sees fit.

I HAVE A DREAM THAT WE ONCE AGAIN REALIZE THAT LAWS CANNOT FORCE PEOPLE TO DO RIGHT. DOING RIGHT HAS TO BE "HABITS OF THE HEART."

"Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great."
(A summation of Alexis de Tocqueville.) 

UNLEASHING THE MIRACULOUS IN YOUR EVERYDAY WORLD

Thursday, June 16, 2016


THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE
Unleashing the Miraculous in your Everyday World
By Leon Fontaine

OVERVIEW: The Spirit Contemporary way of life involves communicating with others as Jesus would, using their language, stories, and settings. Leon draws on biblical truth and personal stories to reveal how this dynamic first-century faith can be yours when you live so in tune with God that you're guided in ways that are both natural and supernatural.

AUTHOR: LEON FONTAINE is senior pastor of Springs Church, one of the largest inter-denominational churches in Canada, with six campuses across two provinces. He is CEO of Miracle Channel, Canada's only twenty-four hour Christian family network, and host of The Leon Show, a daily interview program that airs in 150 countries. Leon and his wife, Sally, have five children who are all passionately serving in ministry.

MY REVIEW: Leon Fontaine paraphrases John 10:10 to read: "Jesus came so we could get a life." That's good. We can all understand that and I think that is what He came for. Fontaine's book will help you get that life.

The Spirit Contemporary Life points out many problems facing the church and then a solution is offered. Fontaine says that since we know the message about Jesus and the Holy Spirit's power to influence our lives is incredible, the problem has to lie with the messengers. It has to be us. We are the problem. He then says there is a simple solution. We need to learn to communicate Jesus' message in the context of our normal, everyday lives so that what we say and the way we say it doesn't send people running.

Fontaine tells many stories and that is good. Do I agree that everything he thinks was a miracle, really was a miracle? I don't know. I know he thinks they were. They may have been. I don't know. I do believe in miracles. I just don't believe everything called a miracle is a miracle of God. That's all. You will have to decide.

One problem I have with Fontaine's thinking is the title for his book and the way he thinks we should refer to the Holy Spirit. He wants Christians to stop using words like "glory," "hallelujah," and "amen in our everyday speech. I don't have a problem with that. But why use a title like The Spirit Contemporary Life? Maybe it's just me but I don't understand that title. And I am going to continue to say "The Holy Spirit" not just "Holy Spirit." I disagree with his reasoning for doing so. Most translations of the Bible read, The Holy Spirit.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

I DON'T WAIT ANYMORE

Thursday, June 09, 2016

I DON'T WAIT ANYMORE
Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping
God's Adventure for You
By Grace Thornton

OVERVIEW: In I Don’t Wait Anymore, Grace Thornton challenges readers to find their calling and purpose from God and go after it with completely committed hearts. Have you been waiting for life to turn out the way you expected? 
You’re not alone.
There are lots of us out there who feel that way. Grace Thornton is one. She had dreams, plans, and ideas for what life should look like. For one, she thought she’d be married. She thought she’d have kids. She thought God would bring her the life she’d been waiting for because she knew He was good and she tried to be obedient.
But that’s not what happened. Not at all.
So she found herself wrestling with God. Who is He if He doesn’t bring along the life, husband, and 2.5 kids she thought He was supposed to? And where should she go from there?
When she got brutally honest with herself and asked the hard question, “Why do I think the world has more to offer than God does?” the answer was stunning. Her honesty led to the path God had for her. One that would write a story for her life that was even better than the one she had dreamed for herself.
This positive and encouraging book offers inspiration to anyone who wants to live a fulfilling life right now. Grace decided to let go of her expectations of the way life “should be” and grasp God’s hand for the adventure He had for her. You can too.
AUTHOR: Grace Thornton loves a good story. She believes that God writes the best stories, even when our lives may not look anything like what we imagined. As a storyteller and blogger, Grace has found her narrative taking her all over the world. She’s passionate about knowing God through His Word and encouraging others to discover Him and let Him write the story of their lives too. Her blog, gracefortheroad.com, received more than 2 million visits after her post “I Don’t Wait Anymore,” on living fully as a single person, went viral in 2012.

MY REVIEW: It seems like I have been waiting all my life for life to be as it "should be." This positive and encouraging book has helped me to start living a fulfilling life right now and stop waiting for something else. Grace Thornton has inspired me to grasp the adventure God has for me. I think her book will help you too.

I agree with Matt Matson, Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills who said: "There's something about a story that helps truth to sink in. Grace invites us into an intimate journey of faith. Page by page, she leads the reader to the greatness and beauty of the God who is near and sovereign and satisfying. Read and let your roots sink deep into realities that will not only hold you fast when life hurts but will equip you to live for the glory of God."

I like that on the opening page she quotes Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." As a result of reading Grace's book and a recommendation found on her blog, I am now reading ten chapters of the Bible every day. I'm on an adventure with God.

(I received this book from BookLook Bloggers A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.)


LOVE THAT BOY

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


LOVE THAT BOY
What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips,
And My Son Taught Me About
A Parent's Expectations
By Ron Fournier

OVERVIEW: Love That Boy is a uniquely personal story about the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by The Atlantic's Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.

AUTHOR: RON FOURNIER is a political columnist for The Atlantic and National Journal. He began his family and career in Arkansas covering then governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he reported on politics and the presidency during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Fournier also served as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he wrote the New York Times bestseller Applebee's America. He holds the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections, and he is a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award.

MY REVIEW: First let me say, this is not just a book for parents with Aspergers. A term I had never heard before picking up this book. "Perhaps the simplest way to understand Asperger's syndrome is to think of it as describing someone who perceives and thinks about the world differently to other people." This form of autism gets its name from Hans Asperger, the pediatrician who first identified this form of autism. Fournier's inspiring book is a blessing to parents with an autistic child but it is also has so much to teach all parents, sons, and daughters.

I agree with comedian Jim Gaffigan who said, "Love That Boy captures both the fears and gifts of fatherhood and Fournier writes about it with honest, selfless clarity. This is a joy to read and should be required for all new dads...really." I love what Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss wrote, "This illuminating and touching book gives us the great gift of letting us know and appreciate the Asperger's world of young Tyler Fournier, who steals scenes from presidents while teaching his parents and all of us what is important in life." That's it! What is important in life. This is a book about that!

I have been saying this is a book for all parents. It's more than that. You don't have to be a parent to profit from this book. Once again, this is a book about what is important in life.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

FEISTY & FEMININE

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


FEISTY & FEMININE
A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women
By Penny Young Nance

OVERVIEW: Feisty & Feminine takes an honest and transparent look at what it means to be a conservative Christian woman, with thoughtful commentary on the real issues confronting you right now. "Today's conservative women are intelligent, well-educated, compassionate, accomplished, funny, and fearless," says Nance. The time is right for this book, and for conservative women like you to stand up, be heard, and make a difference in our nation.

AUTHOR: Penny Young Nance is the CEO and president of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation's largest public policy women's organization. Penny oversees more than half a million active CWA members across the country and more than four hundred CWA chapters. She is also the president of Concerned Women for America's legislative action committee and political action committee. Penny and her husband, Will, live in Fairfax, VA. with their two children.

MY REVIEW: Today's culture is desperate for the message of this book. Penny Young Nance casts the vision of women stepping forward as this generations Esthers, speaking truth in love to a troubled nation.

I love the way she makes it clear how you can be direct with your friends and family without being disrespectful, be engaging but not shallow, and be relevant to the pressing issues confronting you while still holding fast to your faith and conservative values.

In this powerful book, Nance covers it all. She writes about the devaluation of women, sexual assault and politics, marriage and true tolerance, abortion and the sanctity of life, the real war against women, the rise of Islamic extremism and the need to fight back and much more. I especially liked the way she closes the book talking about the art of balance and a vision for the future.

William J. Bennett, former secretary of education said, "Penny Nance is one of today's boldest and most outspoken conservative women of faith." Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author, wrote "I've known Penny Nance for twenty years, and I absolutely love her passion for Christ, her passion to advance freedom and opportunity for all Americans, and her passion to educate and empower a new generation of conservative women to help get America back on the right track."

I agree with editor, Dr. Richard G. Lee, "Often the pages of a book will reflect the personality of its author. This one fits the bill—positive, straightforward, and dynamic. A real joy to read."

(I received this book from BookLook Bloggers, A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

HOW TO LIVE IN FEAR

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

HOW TO LIVE IN FEAR
Mastering the Are of Freaking Out
By Lance Hahn

OVERVIEW: Pastor Lance Hahn knows that living with fear can be an uphill battle. As someone who has struggled with a severe anxiety disorder since childhood, Hahn explores what it means to live in fear of thing that may not happen. With the empathy and patience of a fellow sufferer, he guides you through the first steps of learning to cope with fear, panic, or anxiety from practical insights to concrete methods for fighting fear, How to Live in Fear is your primer for learning to accept your feelings—without giving in to them. Finally, Hahn explains the theology of fear, reassuring us that though we may be afraid, God will never leave us nor forsake us.

AUTHOR: LANCE HAHN  is the senior pastor of Bridgway Christian Church in Roseville, California. He is host of the Ask Pastor Lance radio show, a conference speaker, and an adjunct professor. Known as both an expository and exegetical teacher, Lance has developed an extraordinary ability to bring the Bible to life with passion and accuracy. He is married to Suzi, and they have two daughters, Jilian and Andie.

MY REVIEW: The thing I like best about this book is the raw honesty. Lance Hahn tells in his introduction how he suffers greatly from panic disorder. I don't suffer from this disorder but I have had a few panic attacks. And so although I'm not glad he has this problem I was glad to be reading a book that came to be out of his own life experience and not just out of his mind. The thoughts in this book are not just something he has studied—but lived.

After telling his story Hahn goes deeply into the word of God and brings out truth that will help in confronting this terrible problem and learning to live with it or in spite of it. Kirk Bottomly, Senior pastor at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church says so clearly what I would like to say about this book that I want to quote him here. He writes, "Lance Hahn tackles this real-life problem—paralyzing fear and anxiety—with studied insight, disarming humor, and helpful strategies that are both biblical and practical. The crippling tendency to 'freak out' for no normal reason has been Lance's own lifelong struggle, and he describes it with a transparency that is both painful and hilarious. This book will be a welcome companion and counselor to the many who are paralyzed by this same condition or who love someone else who is."

(I received this book from BookSneeze A division of Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

HONESTLY—Getting Real About Jesus And Our Messy Lives

HONESTLY
Getting Real About Jesus
And Our Messy Lives
By Daniel Fusco with D.R. Jacobsen

OVERVIEW: There are two universal truths for every person who has ever walked this planet: Life is messy. Jesus is real. In this book Daniel Fusco takes you on a wild, grace-filled journey through the book of Ephesians. He'll unpack what happens when the craziness of life meets the presence of God—and something beautiful is created. Honestly.

AUTHOR: Daniel Fusco is lead pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, Washington. He is also a three-time church planter, author, evangelist, and musician. He and his wife, Lynn, have three children.

MY REVIEW: This is a book about the mess all of us are in. That's right. The mess we are all in. Life doesn't always make sense. Daniel Fusco writes about what was happening to the church in Ephesus. He shows us that messiness is a universal concept and the church in Ephesus in the mid-first century had its fair share.And the important thing to realize is that we do too. Life is a mess! But there is good news. Life is a mess and Jesus is real. That's the gospel. "He's where everything that's healing and good and grace-filled begins and ends."

If you are not "into" jazz and have no appreciation for it, you may find it difficult to understand why Fusco moves through the Book of  Ephesians the way he does. He divides Ephesians along the lines of Coltraine's A Love Supreme. The album is designed in four movements—Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalm. It all makes sense when you get into it.

"Life is a lot like jazz: one giant mess" ..."But when we listen closely to life, we can start to hear the melodies in the midst of the mess. It takes study, and digging deep, and being patient enough to learn. And if we're lucky, or blessed, we discover something about the mess: Nothing we do is free of the mess, but sometimes in our mess we catch the tune of the master."..."Life will always be messy. But Jesus will always be our beauty in the middle of the mess. Jesus is our Love Supreme."

I recommend this book. Get a copy. Read it and pass it on.

(I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

THE ART OF PEOPLE


THE ART OF PEOPLE
11 Simple People Skills That
Will Get You Everything You Want
By Dave Kerpen

OVERVIEW: In a world where we are constantly connected, and one in which social media has become the primary way we communicate, the key to getting ahead is being the person others like, respect, and trust. Because no matter who you are or what your profession, success is contingent on not just what you can do for yourself, but on what other people are willing to do for you. Here, through 53 bite-size, easy-to-execute, and often counterintuitive tips, you'll learn to master the 11 People Skills that will get you more of what you want at work, at home, and in life.

AUTHOR: DAVE KERPEN is an entrepreneur, speaker, and bestselling author. He is the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software company, and the chairman and cofounder of Likeable Media, an award-winning content marketing firm for brands. He is among the most popular writers in LinkedIn's Influencer program, is one of the most read contributors for Inc.com, and has been featured by CNBC BBC, ABC. World News Tonight, CBS's The Early Show, the New York Times, and more. Dave has keynoted conferences and webinars across the globe.

MY REVIEW: This is a book I wish I had read when I was much younger. I am thrilled to read it now. I agree with Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author, who said, "This book is like How to Win Friends and Influence People—only better suited for today's world."

I looked at the following sentence, "The single most important question you can ever ask to win attention in a meeting," and knew I didn't know what that question was. And it didn't stop there. I couldn't wait to read and think about the following: *The one simple key to networking that nobody talks about, * How to remain top of mind for thousands of people every day, *Why it usually pays to be the one to give the bad news, *How to blow off the right people, *And why, when in doubt, you should buy him a bonsai.

Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin called this book, "An invaluable resource full of practical, manageable tips for anyone who deals with people. Which, of course, is all of us." I think that's true.
Like any book, you're not going to agree with everything in it. But I believe if you buy a copy, read it and put these 11 skills into practice that you will get much of what you want.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

THE SEVEN LAWS OF LOVE

Wednesday, April 06, 2016


THE SEVEN LAWS OF LOVE
Essential Principles For Building
Stronger Relationships
By Dave Willis

OVERVIEW: In our fast-paced, success-obsessed culture, we’re constantly tempted to chase after things that don’t matter. We’ve been conditioned to value possessions over people, status over relationships, and ourselves over God. But the reality is this: God created love to be the centerpiece of our lives. In The Seven Laws of Love, Dave Willis makes the case for a love revival and proves that in returning to a life of love we have no greater model than the one who is love himself. There is no higher calling on earth than to love and be loved. It’s time to learn The Seven Laws of Love, and to make loving a priority over all other pursuits. Anything else isn’t really living.

AUTHOR: Dave Willis is a pastor and the founder of www.StrongerMarriages.org. which has a total weekly reach in the millions. Dave and his wife, Ashley, partner together to create marriage-building resources and events as a part of their ministry. They have four young sons and live near Augusta, Georgia.
MY REVIEW: Dave Willis writes in a humorous, down-to-earth style. His book is about everyday relationships. He touches on the areas of life that matter most. The relationships with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your coworkers. He uses practical examples that demonstrate what a life of love looks like.
I agree with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot, "The Seven Laws of Love is insightful, compelling, inspiring, grounded, and immeasurably practical." They said, "We love this book! Everyone needs to read it. Don't miss out on its powerful message." I can't say it any better, so I'm not going to try. I counted twelve different recommendations in the front of the book. All of them praising Dave for his life, his writing ability and this book. 
(I received this book from Book Sneeze A Division of Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review.}

FAST METABOLISM FOOD RX

Friday, April 01, 2016

FAST METABOLISM
FOOD RX
By Haylie Pomroy
With Eve Adamson

OVERVIEW: Haylie Pomroy, celebrated nutritionist, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet, shares a food prescription for the 7 most common ways your metabolism misfires and leads to exhaustion, excess weight, and illness. With her targeted eating plans you can feed your body back to a vibrant, energetic, and thriving state. When multiple health challenges threatened the author’s life, it set her on an investigative journey that was life-changing—and lifesaving.  In this book, she shares her personal story for the first time, as well as the powerful food programs she created based on the methods and philosophies that saved her life and helped her thrive. For decades now, these same food therapies have provided profound clinical results in her clinics where she’s treated thousands of others.

AUTHOR: Haylie Pomroy is a nutritionist, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and owner of integrative health care clinics in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Irvine, and Fort Collins. She is well known in Hollywood and in the medical community for her ability to use food as metabolic medicine. Haylie has appeared on PBS, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Katie, Extra, and Access Hollywood and has been featured in First for Women, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, People, New Beauty, and more. Her celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Robert Downey Jr. and NFL athletes. Visit her at HayliePomroy.com.

MY REVIEW: This is a book about metabolism that I can understand. I have a special interest in the chapter on diabetes. I have tried what she suggests—and it works. It works! 

Pomroy gives seven powerful prescriptions to feed your body back to health. The prescriptions are for G.I. stress, fatigue, hormones, mood, cholesterol, diabetes and autoimmunity. So if you are suffering from any of these problems this book has the solution for you. With its targeted eating plans you can feed your body back to a vibrant energetic, and thriving state.

This is not a book that I will read and then pass on to somebody else that needs it. I will just have to buy them their own copy. I need this one. I will not be putting this book on the shelf. I will read it and re-read it, mark it up and refer to it often. I love the title of chapter 12—EAT TO THRIVE. And I also found the whole-body diagnosis quiz in that chapter very helpful. This is a great book that needs to be read by most of the people I know.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.) 

spark joy

Tuesday, March 08, 2016


spark joy
an illustrated master class on the
art of organizing and tidying up
By marie kondo
Companion to the #1 New York times best-selling
the life-changing magic of tidying up

OVERVIEW: Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers ad closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep "necessary" items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

AUTHOR: MARIE KONDO is the founder of the acclaimed KonMari Method and author of the #1 New York Times best seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which has sold more than three million copies worldwide, has been translated into thirty-five languages, and has been turned into a Japanese television drama. She is also the author of a companion journal Life-Changing Magic: A Journal. He famed Tokyo consulting business helps clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. Kondo has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, USA Today, and the Today show, and has been named one of time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. She lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her husband and daughter.

MY REVIEW: She's done it again! Marie Kondo has written another book that will help you put your house—and your life in order. In the preface she says, "I want to help as many people as possible tidy up once and for all." Her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold more than three million copies and this book, Spark Joy is sparking joy and is a run away best seller. Without a doubt she has reached her goal of helping people tidy up and stay that way.

It may be that being male keeps me from getting too excited about the "cute" little drawings in this book but it doesn't keep me from recognizing their value. Knowing and SEEING how to fold a long sleeve shirt doesn't make me want to do it. However, I do know that this means a lot to a woman and will be greatly valued. Yes, this is a good book. Even for a man. I too want to tidy up. I found the section, "Advice for those who think they can't part with books" especially helpful. In fact, it's all good.

My advice, if you are serious about tidying up, is to go out and buy the first book. Read it carefully. And then go right out and get this one. You will like the books and if you follow what she says, you will like yourself better.

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

BLACK EARTH—The Holocaust As History And Warning

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


BLACK EARTH
The Holocaust As History
And Warning
By Timothy Snyder

OVERVIEW: In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on untapped sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.

AUTHOR: TIMOTHY SNYDER is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is the author of author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. Snyder is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and the times Literary Supplement. He is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences, serves as the faculty adviser for the Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust testimonies, and sits on the advisory council of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

MY REVIEW: This was a difficult book for me to read and comprehend. In fact, I found myself reading for awhile and then having to stop, go back and re-read many pages. I felt like I was studying for a PhD. I was constantly pulling down my dictionary and looking up the meaning of words. Historians, educators, some philosophers and theologians may not find this book so difficult. I'm writing this way simply as a warning to the average reader. I agree with Deborah Lipstadt, "Black Earth is provocative, challenging, and an important addition to our understanding of the Holocaust."

Jeffrey Goldberg said, "Timothy Snyder argues, eloquently and convincingly, that the world is still susceptible to the inhuman impulses that brought about the Final Solution. This book should be read as admonition by presidents, prime ministers, and in particular by anyone who believes the the past is somehow behind us." I agree with Anne Applebaum, "In this unusual and innovative book, Timothy Snyder takes a fresh look at the intellectual origins of the Holocaust, placing Hitler's genocide firmly in the politics and diplomacy of 1930's Europe. Black Earth is required reading for anyone who cares about this difficult period of history."

(I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.)